With Joyner Lucas recently dropping “Will”, an ode to his respect for Will Smith. While the hip-hop community doesn’t usually give Will Smith the respect that he is due which Mr. Smith addressed on his 2005 “Lost and Found” album on the song “I Wish I Made That” rapping “Black radio, they won’t play me though/Ever since ‘Summer time’ they ain’t liked none of mine”. Almost a resentment for the unparalleled commercial success that Will Smith had as a TV star and movie star.
This is an issue that has been discussed in the hip hop community in a previous video with Murs in a Hip Hop DX video where he outlines the many accomplishments of Will Smith and points out the many accomplishments of Will Smith. Murs who is an incredible emcee places Will Smith in his top ten and maybe his top five. He also points out the reason the hip hop community hasn’t given Will his due.
Will has dropped timeless music that has no profanity. Songs that I can play for my kids and let them appreciate hip hop. I can play a “Nightmare on My Street” for my kids on Halloween, “Summertime” at the family reunions, “Gettin’ Jiggy wit It”, and “Miami”. Those are just the commercially successful singles. His 2005 album Lost and Found is a slept on classic!!